Medical Minute: Contact Lenses

Up to 35 million Americans depend on contact lenses rather than glasses to improve their eyesight.

While there are many different types available, it may take only seconds to put in or take out contacts, but day in and day out, it adds up. Carrie Lutter only takes hers out once a week.

"It all adds up, your regimen in the evening, wash face, brush your teeth, floss and then to not have to worry again about taking out your contacts,” Lutter explains.

Unlike most people with contacts, she doesn't have to worry as much about infection. Ophthalmologist Dwight Cavanaugh says one in 2,500 people with daily wear soft contact lenses get infections. A new type of lens can reduce the risk.

New hyper-oxygen transmissible lenses keep the eye from starving for oxygen. Infection rate is ten to forty times less.

Carrie lives an active lifestyle and says they fit right in.

"I haven't had to miss a step, miss a beat, by being active. I can just really do what I want to do on my own time schedule,” adds Lutter.

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